Alexia Tsotsis

Alexia Tsotsis
Alexia Tsotsis is the co-editor of TechCrunch. She attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, majoring in Writing and Painting, and moved to New York City shortly after graduation to work in the media industry. After four years of living in New York and attending courses at New York University, she returned to Los Angeles in order to continue her career in new media, first as LA Weekly’s Internet culture reporter, and then as SF Weekly’s web editor. Before she joined TechCrunch in 2010, Alexia ran the SFweekly website from San Francisco, staying on top of the tech scene and human behavior in the digital age. At TechCrunch, Alexia covers young companies, and has had the opportunity to interview everyone from Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom to former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. In 2011, Alexia made the Forbes “30 Under 30: Rising Stars of Media List.” In 2012 she was promoted to Co-EIC of TechCrunch. Her Twitter bio reads, “Breaks news and hearts.” Disclosures: I own Aol stock, diversified investments via ETFs and Mutual Funds, and shares in Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter. I am a board member of MAS, a non-profit design lab in Los Angeles. I'm also in a relationship with a VC at General Catalyst Partners. Whenever there is the potential for real or perceived conflict in what I write about, I promise to bring it up, and link back here. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Patent Suit Day Continues: Microsoft Takes Fight With i4i Over XML To The Supreme Court

    While not the biggest Microsoft-related lawsuit news of the day, Microsoft just announced that it’ll be taking its patent infringement case against Canadian technology firm i4i to the highest level, the US Supreme Court. Last August a federal court of appeals upheld the decision of a lower court that Microsoft had in fact infringed i4i’s XML patent (‘449), by introducing… Read More

  • Old School Steve Jobs On Changing The World

    It looks like that Xerox IP isn’t the only thing Steve Jobs appropriated for Apple. Here he is in all his chubby 1997 glory, introducing the TBWA/Chiat Day produced “Think Different” campaign with an unattributed quote from poet Jack Kerouac, “People who think they are crazy enough to change the world, are the ones who actually do.” What’s most jarring… Read More

  • Google, Facebook To Microsoft's Paul Allen: Your Argument Is Invalid

    The entire Internet (aka Facebook, Google, Apple AOL, Facebook, eBay, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube) has just been served with a vague and vast patent violation suit from Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen. As patent suits are notoriously unpopular, the response from tech pundits has been apprehensive. Now the companies named are starting to hit back, a… Read More

  • Cee-Lo's "F*ck You" Ain't Got Nothing On Gaga's "Telephone"

    As seen by the entire Internet, the August 19th premiere of Cee-Lo Green’s “Fuck You” will go down in history as the day the phrase “fuck you” became totally benign and commonplace. But, in another case of loud web hipster chatter not resulting in a proportionate amount of viewers, “Fuck You” did not get to 1/2 million or 1 million mark faster than… Read More

  • Move Over Fail Whale, Digg 4's Got A Fail Ox


    If you’ve been on the new Digg at all in the past day or so you’re probably already familiar with the above “Fail Ox” image, especially if you’re trying to use Digg search. The image is new, and is the result of Digg designer Tyson Rosage’s obsession with The Oregon Trail, you know the old school computer game. Founder Kevin Rose told TechCrunch and… Read More

  • Path Snags Digg's Matt Van Horn As VP Of Biz Dev, Approaches Launch

    Digg Head of Business Development Matt Van Horn is leaving Digg to move over to the “stealthish” startup Path as VP of Business Development. This Friday will be his last day at Digg, which just this week announced its V.4 redesign. From Van Horn’s announcement email to colleagues: When I graduated college in 2006, it was a crazy dream to move to the bay area and join a… Read More

  • Google Realtime Search Gets New Name, Its Own URL, And Kick In The Pants

    In a move that emphasizes the increasing importance of realtime search, Google has just given their realtime search function a kick in the pants, moving it from the lowly “Updates” sidebar on regular Google search to it’s own URL http://google.com/realtime, which was broken this morning but now seems to be redirecting to… Read More

  • Wikinvest Launches On The iPhone

    Wikinvest today launches its mobile initiative with its iPhone app, now live in the Apple store. As brokerages and the finance industry in general are usually late to the mobile and Internet game, the Wikinvest app is one of the first that allows iPhone users mobile access to their personal portfolios as well as the latest investment news. From Wikinvest CEO Michael Sha:

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  • HighStranger Is Chatroulette, For Stoners

    So I’ve been waiting for the new Chatroulette to go up for three days now and no dice. In the meantime I’ve been getting a slew of emails and tweets from people trying to get me to switch over to their to their random “chat with strangers” services (Hi Omegle!). However none have been particularly compelling, UNTIL NOW. We’ve been running in stealth for the past… Read More

  • Facebook Places Designer: Any Foursquare Logo Similarities Were Not Intentional

    In response on to a question on Quora yesterday afternoon about why the Facebook Places logo looks like it contains a “four” in a “square,” Facebook Design Strategy lead Aaron Sittig confirms our belief that any similarities between the two logos were accidental.
    “We sure got a laugh from the news stories, but could only wish we’d been so… Read More

  • Google's Nine Year Shopping Spree, Illustrated

    For those that remember when Google Voice was GrandCentral … Other than missing Like.com’s acquisition on August 20th and having the DoubleClick grab plotted when Google revealed its intent to acquire in April 2007 and not when the official acquisition was announced in March of 2008, this is pretty much a comprehensive record of the search giant’s ploy for world domination… Read More

  • Colbert Tackles Internet Privacy: "Become A Disfigured Nameless Loner"

    The Internet is one giant resume, Stephen Colbert posits in yesterday’s The Word: Control-Self-Delete. Colbert brings up Eric Schmidt’s now infamous “every person will be entitled automatically to change their name” statement and argues that an identity change is not enough to guarantee privacy, because of Google’s new photo recognition tool and Google’s… Read More

  • Did Facebook Kill Facebook Questions?

    The service is down for almost everyone we know, and many people we don’t. The official response from Facebook:
    “We have turned Facebook Questions off for some beta users while we conduct a few tests. You may be in the group that has it turned off, but it is still on for other users. We are running tests to ensure high quality of questions and answers and we hope to roll it back… Read More

  • Leftronic Dashboards Optimize Your Data Displays

    YCombinator-funded company Leftronic launches today, offering up software that makes it easy for companies to aggregate data in their ambient displays, i.e. a displays mounted on a wall. Founded by Lionel Jingles, Rajiv Ghanta and Jyotindra Vasudeo, the company is in the same space as Geckoboard. While many companies will squander programming time and money building their own mediocre… Read More

  • 'Angry Birds' iPhone Game To Get Line Of Toys, Possibly Movie

    According to Variety, Rovio, the company that makes ‘Angry Birds‘ has been shopping the beloved iPhone game around Hollywood, and currently rolling out some franchising deals. “Rovio, the Finnish creator of the hit iPhone and iPad game, which has sold more than 6.5 million downloads, wants to turn the property into a major franchise that crosses over to other platforms… Read More

  • Start Location-Based Conversations With Qilroy

    Start Location-Based Conversations With Qilroy

    Qilroy, a Qualcomm Service Labs-incubated project, launches today as a platform that groups tweets and other status updates by location. Like “calling a payphone at the mall,” Qilroy introduces a concept called peer-to-place communication, which enables multi-platform conversations to take place from anywhere in the world. The name is a Qualcomm take-off of “Kilroy Was Here… Read More

  • Chatroulette Couldn't Get It Up

    At one point the Chatroulette V.2 anticipation was so thick over at TechCrunch HQ that even we were, how you say, premature. But not as premature as the folks over at Chatroulette themselves, who ominously lured us in yesterday in with, “The experiment #1 is over for now. Thanks for participating – Redesigned and updated version of the website will be launched tomorrow” and… Read More

  • Chart Your Growth With YC-Backed Chart.io

    YCombinator-funded database analytics company Chart.io launches today, giving businesses access to enterprise level analytics tools that they need to rock their databases in realtime. In the same space as Metricly and Stats Mix, a tool like Chart.io would have been unnecessary 10 or so years ago, but now co-founder Dan Levine says, “It’s easier than ever to have a database”… Read More

  • Carpool Community Zimride Lands $1.2 Million In Seed Funding

    Social ride-sharing start-up and FBfund recipient Zimride announces today a round of seed funding led by FLOODGATE, K9 Ventures and a group of angels including Keith Rabois and Teddy Downey. Co-founded by Logan Green and John Zimmer, Zimride is a carpool startup that actually makes money, using the Facebook platform to allow people in the same networks to coordinate carpooling. The service is… Read More

  • Russia, Turkey Top List Of Riskiest Places To Surf The Web

    According to a study just released by security company AVG, Internet users in Russia and Turkey have the greatest chance of being attacked by viruses, with the average chance of a web surfer falling prey to an attack being at one in 10 and and one in 15, respectively. The security company looked at virus vulnerability in 100+ million PCs in 144 countries during the last week of July of this year. Read More